Burlington Coat Factory announces Bellingham store opening

Burlington Coat Factory has officially announced plans to open a new location in Bellingham this fall, according to an April 18 news release from the nationwide retailer.

The new Burlington location will be at 4131 Meridian St., a former Cost Cutter grocery store. Burlington filed for a building permit with the City of Bellingham on April 8 for various tenant improvements at the Meridian Street address.

A senior project manager with Burlington told The Bellingham Business Journal in March that remodeling was expected to begin at the 73,000-square-foot location this spring, but spokespeople with the company declined to confirm the news at the time.

The news release states the Bellingham store will employ between 50-100 people. It will be one of nine Burlington Coat Factory locations in Washington state. New stores are also opening in Burlington (of Skagit County) and Union Gap this fall.

Burlington stores feature a variety of discount apparel, including children’s items, as well as furniture, jewelry, linens and shoes. The chain competes nationally with other similar retailers such as T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.

Evan Marczynski, associate editor of The Bellingham Business Journal, can be reached at 360-647-8805, Ext. 5052, or evan@bbjtoday.com.

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